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Ex-Canucks forward Jake Virtanen reportedly joining KHL's Spartak Moscow

Former Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen has signed a one-year contract with Spartak Moscow of the KHL, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

NHL club cut 25-year-old in July following sexual misconduct allegations

Former Canucks forward Jake Virtanen is set to appear in B.C. Supreme Court starting July 18 regarding being charged with sexual assault in January following a police investigation into an incident that took place in September of 2017, when he was playing for the Canucks. (Derek Leung/Getty Images/File)

Former Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen has signed a one-year contract with Spartak Moscow of the KHL, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

Virtanen, 25, was released by the Canucks in July following an allegation of sexual misconduct against the former first-round draft pick.

A civil lawsuit filed in May in Kelowna, B.C., claims Virtanen sexually assaulted a woman in a West Vancouver hotel room in September 2017.

The native of Langley, B.C., has denied the allegations.

Virtanen registered five points (all goals) in 38 games in 2020-21, his sixth season with the Canucks.

Drafted sixth overall in 2014, he registered 55 goals, 100 points and 219 penalty minutes in 317 NHL regular-season contests.

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